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So i'm from central IL, where for the most part, people stock trout and then they die in summer. My boss's friend has a private pond that he has stocked with trout, no i dont know what kind, sorry. He wants us to catch them and give them to him, im cool with this cuz i get to fish, and i have a bad case of fishing withdrawl right now. SOOO how on Earth do you fish for trout in a pond..? I'd say spoons on UL tackle? That;s just my best educated guess... I don't want to fly fish or anything, not competent enough at it yet.

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Panther Martin inline spinner black body with yellow spots gold blade. Walmart usually carry them.

Kelley

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Panther Martin inline spinner black body with yellow spots gold blade. Walmart usually carry them.

Kelley

WOW!

That's exactly what works best for me when we are on stocker trout.

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Ok, that's what i was thinking of, as well as a wobbler spoon. How do you fish them? Is it a jig technique or just a cast and retrieve?

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Inline spinners or a 1/4 oz chrome colored Kastmaster work well on stocker trout around here. Any kind of erratic action on the Kasty will usually generate plenty of action. If you don't want to use a fly-rod you can always use a fly and bubble.

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Berkley Gulp eggs on a very small octopus hook, #8 is what I use, on a light slip sinker rig is about the easiest way to catch them and you won't have to worry about them swallowing the hook since you're keeping them anyways. Small spoons and inline spinners can work very well also. You can play with the retrieve speed and if you left them sink before starting the retrieve to find what they are eating best.

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So i went out this morning with some PMs and Meps, caught a little dinky fry, but im all hoping this was just bad luck? Wrong place, wrong time etc.

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Stocker Trout - They're just another variation of trout found in small streams or the Great Lakes. The biggest difference is in how they were raised and the food source that stocker trout feed on. That's going to be pellets, the kind that float until the fish eat them.

1st - Go down to the local Feed & Seed Store that carries Purina Fish Chow - Predator Mix. Buy enough to fill a lunch size paper bag.

2nd - Pick up some Berkley Power Baits that match the size/color of those pellets that you can rig onto a aberdeen style hook. Tie a casting bubble onto your main line, and the hook onto a 3' leader. No Weight Needed.

3rd - When you get to this pond, start tossing out small portions of the pellets until you locate a school of these fish. Once you have them located, cast you line into the middle of the frenzy. Once the school spooks, move along until you get more fish coming up to those pellets.

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I like rooster tails in a bright orange color. I've also heard panther martins work well, as the guys above have said. Another good option is a small to medium size rapala countdown crankbait in a rainbow trout, brown trout, gold, or silver color. Good luck!

PB

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If he just wants to get them out of there before they die so he can eat them. Put a split shot about 1 1/2 to 2 feet above a very small treble hook. Ball up some powerbait and throw it out. charteuse usually works good. If you would rather fish with lures, I'd go with a rapala 7g, rapala 7s, roostertails in various colors, pather martins, and maybe a rebel crawfish crankbait.

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